Tagged: Magnetic resonance imaging

Multiresolution hierarchical blind recovery of biochemical markers of brain cancer in MRSI

We present a multi-resolution hierarchical application of the constrained non-negative matrix factorization (cNMF) algorithm for blindly recovering constituent source spectra in magnetic resonance spectroscopic imaging (MRSI). cNMF is an extension of non-negative matrix factorization (NMF) that includes a positivity constraint on amplitudes of recovered spectra. We apply cNMF hierarchically, with spectral recovery and subspace reduction constraining which observations are used in the next level of processing. The decomposition model recovers physically meaningful spectra which are highly tissue-specific, for example spectra indicative of tumor proliferation, given a processing hierarchy that proceeds coarse-to-fine. We demonstrate the decomposition procedure on /sup 1/H long TE brain MRS data. The results show recovery of markers for normal brain tissue, low proliferative tissue and highly proliferative tissue. The coarse-to-fine hierarchy also makes the algorithm computationally efficient, thus it is potentially well-suited for use in diagnostic work-up.

Nonnegative matrix factorization for rapid recovery of constituent spectra in magnetic resonance chemical shift imaging of the brain

We present an algorithm for blindly recovering constituent source spectra from magnetic resonance (MR) chemical shift imaging (CSI) of the human brain. The algorithm, which we call constrained nonnegative matrix factorization (cNMF), does not enforce independence or sparsity, instead only requiring the source and mixing matrices to be nonnegative. It is based on the nonnegative matrix factorization (NMF) algorithm, extending it to include a constraint on the positivity of the amplitudes of the recovered spectra. This constraint enables recovery of physically meaningful spectra even in the presence of noise that causes a significant number of the observation amplitudes to be negative. We demonstrate and characterize the algorithm’s performance using /sup 31/P volumetric brain data, comparing the results with two different blind source separation methods: Bayesian spectral decomposition (BSD) and nonnegative sparse coding (NNSC). We then incorporate the cNMF algorithm into a hierarchical decomposition framework, showing that it can be used to recover tissue-specific spectra given a processing hierarchy that proceeds coarse-to-fine. We demonstrate the hierarchical procedure on /sup 1/H brain data and conclude that the computational efficiency of the algorithm makes it well-suited for use in diagnostic work-up.

Fusing multiple neuroimaging modalities to assess group differences in perception-action coupling

In the last few decades, noninvasive neuroimaging has revealed macroscale brain dynamics that underlie perception, cognition, and action. Advances in noninvasive neuroimaging target two capabilities: 1) increased spatial and temporal resolution of measured neural activity; and 2) innovative methodologies to extract brain–behavior relationships from evolving neuroimaging technology. We target the second. Our novel methodology integrated three neuroimaging methodologies and elucidated expertise-dependent differences in functional (fused EEG-fMRI) and structural (dMRI) brain networks for a perception–action coupling task. A set of baseball players and controls performed a Go/No-Go task designed to mimic the situation of hitting a baseball. In the functional analysis, our novel fusion methodology identifies 50-ms windows with predictive EEG neural correlates of expertise and fuses these temporal windows with fMRI activity in a whole-brain 2-mm voxel analysis, revealing time-localized correlations of expertise at a spatial scale of millimeters. The spatiotemporal cascade of brain activity reflecting expertise differences begins as early as 200 ms after the pitch starts and lasts up to 700 ms afterwards. Network differences are spatially localized to include motor and visual processing areas, providing evidence for differences in perception–action coupling between the groups. Furthermore, an analysis of structural connectivity reveals that the players have significantly more connections between cerebellar and left frontal/motor regions, and many of the functional activation differences between the groups are located within structurally defined network modules that differentiate expertise. In short, our novel method illustrates how multimodal neuroimaging can provide specific macroscale insights into the functional and structural correlates of expertise development.

Multi-resolution hierarchical blind recovery of biochemical markers of brain cancer in MRSI

We present a multi-resolution hierarchical application of the constrained non-negative matrix factorization (cNMF) algorithm for blindly recovering constituent source spectra in magnetic resonance spectroscopic imaging (MRSI). cNMF is an extension of non-negative matrix factorization (NMF) that includes a positivity constraint on amplitudes of recovered spectra. We apply cNMF hierarchically, with spectral recovery and subspace reduction constraining which observations are used in the next level of processing. The decomposition model recovers physically meaningful spectra which are highly tissue-specific, for example spectra indicative of tumor proliferation, given a processing hierarchy that proceeds coarse-to-fine. We demonstrate the decomposition procedure on /sup 1/H long TE brain MRS data. The results show recovery of markers for normal brain tissue, low proliferative tissue and highly proliferative tissue. The coarse-to-fine hierarchy also makes the algorithm computationally efficient, thus it is potentially well-suited for use in diagnostic work-up.